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Obituary for Dottie Collier (Wakefield)

Dottie  Collier (Wakefield)
Dottie Collier, 90, of Crystal City, MO, formerly of Fredericktown, MO, and Wayne County, MO, passed away September 19, 2018, at Crystal Oaks Nursing Home in Crystal City.

Dottie was born at home on September 16, 1928, on Bounds Creek, MO, to Ira and Bertha (Joy) Wakefield.

She started teaching after attending Cape Girardeau Teachers College the summer of 1946, right out of high school. Her first teaching job was at Beulah School. She lived with Ora and Lizzie Parker. The president of the school board, named Rayma Collier, happened to be a single, older man who took a liking to the new, smart teacher. They married March 6, 1947, in Des Arc, MO. Over the course of twelve years, Dottie continued her education in the evenings and summers and taught in rural schools across Wayne County. She taught at Ijames Hill, Frazier Creek, Gravelton, Bounds Creek and Montgomery. She took off from teaching the 60-61 school year to be a full-time student at Arkansas State College. She received her BSE in math and got a teaching job at Fredericktown High School. Dottie continued her education during the summers until she met all the course work for a Master’s Degree in Math Education, but thought she couldn’t write the dissertation.

While still teaching, Dottie decided to sell real estate, so she passed her realtor exam, then passed her brokers test and opened a couple of real estate offices, B & R Realty in Fredericktown. This still wasn't enough. She also became a H & R Block tax preparer. It only took a few years for her to feel like she needed to own a franchise or two. She bought two H & R Block franchises, which she later sold and bought a Liberty franchise. She flipped house, bought and rented houses, and pursued many other business ventures. She did retire from teaching in May 1989.

Rayma went into Stockoff Nursing home where Dottie visited a couple times a day as she continued to work in her businesses. He died in January 2, 2002. She had a light stoke on January 1, 2002. She took a little time to recuperate, but continued a busy work schedule with long hours. In October 2006, while on a Liberty Tax Training trip to Virginia Beach, she had several TIAs. This took a few months to recover. She continued to work until she was 83.

Some of her most memorable experiences include an invitation by a major aircraft manufacturer to attend classes for America’s Best Math Teachers in Seattle. She was also invited to math teacher conferences at Rolla School of the Mines (now Missouri S & T). She remembered being in Virginia Beach on 9.11.01 and watching all the military action that occurred. She was glad to have visited all the lower 48 states, Mexico and Canada. Last but not least, she was proud to have had the ability to double the size of her house so relatives could visit anytime. She loved sharing her home.

Dottie was a Christian and a member of New Prospect Baptist Church at Silva. She was church secretary there for over forty years. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing.

She is survived by one son, Ray (Stacy) Collier of Shrewsbury, MO; a daughter, Betty McCoy of Fenton, MO; four grandchildren: Tara (James) Hill, Erica (Michael) McNerney, Parker Collier and Stephon Martinez; four great-grandsons: Benjamin, Walter, and Cullen McNerney and Isaiah Hill; one brother, Robert Wakefield of Blytheville, AR. She has many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Rayma Collier; a brother, Donald Wakefield; and a sister Sue Richmann.

Visitation was held Friday, September 21, 2018, from 5:00-8:00 pm, at Wilson Funeral Home, 101 S Mine La Motte Ave, Fredericktown, MO. A second visitation was held Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 10:00 am-11:00 am, at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, Silva, MO. Funeral services followed at 11:00 am, also at the church. Pastor Gerald Collier ministered to the family. Clint Boerckel, Charles Ellington III, Jim Loving, Matt Collier, James Hill, Michael McNerney, Stephon Martiniz and Charles Collier served as pallbearers. Burial was at New Prospect Cemetery. In memory of Dottie donations can be made to Fredericktown R-1 Educational Foundation, 704 East Highway 72, Fredericktown, MO 63645 or https://www.blackcatpride.net or Crystal Oaks Foundation, 1500 Calvary Church Rd, Crystal City MO 63019 or http://crystaloaks.org/foundation/ Online condolences can be held at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
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